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Breaking: Deputy charged with 8 felonies resigns

An Athens County Sheriff’s Deputy, who pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts, resigned from his position today, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Jerry Hallowell, 44, has been on paid leave since he was arrested Sept. 9 and charged with four counts of sexual battery, one count of bribery, one count of attempt to commit sexual battery, one count of theft in office and one count of unauthorized use of Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.

The sexual battery charges stemmed from three different incidents Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Sept. 5. The attempt to commit sexual battery occurred on Sept. 9, when Hallowell has found at the Super 8 Motel, 2091 E. State St., where he had arranged a sexual encounter with an undercover female informant and another woman.

The remaining charges were a result of investigation by Special Agent Michael Trout, a member of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, a department in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Until his resignation today, Hallowell was being paid the normal deputy’s salary of $42,993.60 annually and $1,653.60 biweekly.

Hallowell was arraigned April 18. He pleaded not guilty all the charges.

Hallowell could spend a maximum of 29 years in prison and pay a maximum fine of $62,500 if convicted of all charges, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

Sheriff Pat Kelly could not be reached for comment.

 -Marika Lee


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